FRESH: ‘Waba Duba’ – Yello

Yello are back with “Waba Duba”!

Dieter Meier and Boris Blank are back in business and very “Waba Duba”! Remember “The Race”? Well thirty two years on, Swiss duo Yello are back with a very familiar sounding new track, “Waba Duba”. It’s the first to come from their brand new album, “Point”, which is out next month and is their first new music for four years and forty years since the release of their debut album, “Solid Pressure” in November 1980.

Yello made it their business to be around every corner in the 1980’s, whether it was ‘racing’ about from TV ads and sporting events with their 1988 signature tune or popping up in how many films of that decade with “Oh Yeah”, Yello were and are still in a league of their own. They worked with Shirley Bassey on “The Rhythm Divine” and brought us the sublime ballad “Of Course I’m Lying” before helping those ‘Nuns On The Run’ with “Another Race”.

If “Waba Duba” is anything to go by, then “Point” will be a feast of vintage yet brand new Yello music for the 2020’s for the group that already has fifteen studio albums behind them. “Waba Duba” features Dieter’s trademark booming vocals and Boris’ inventive instrumentation coming from forty years of accumulating a library of over 100,000 different sounds and samples to work with and use at their disposal!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!